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How to make Fish Curry, Goan style

Updated on July 16, 2016
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Tony is a curry addict, ask him what he wants the answer will always be a Curry. He has travelled to India many times in search of recipes.

Goan style fish curry

Fish Curry Madras style
Fish Curry Madras style | Source

Fish Curry

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Family Recipe

This fish curry is a recipe I picked up on holiday in Southern India when we to a restaurant owned by a chap from Tamil Nadau. He showed me how to cook this dish, because when I tried it, I had enjoyed it so much. He said that it was a traditional recipe his mother had given him, and something that she often made for the family.

If you go to India don't be afraid to try street food, they are clean and healthier to eat at than some of the big hotels, at least you can see what you are getting and it is always fresh. The cooks need to make a living and it is very competative so if their food was not good in any way then they would soon be out of business.

Love Your Food.

I really do love food, not just eating it, but also cooking and preparing it. Most of the curries I make I will spend an hour or so preparing everything and making sure that the ingredients blend together well.

I don’t think that you can be a good cook without real passion for the food you are preparing. I know not everyone has the time to be able to prepare food correctly, but now and again you should make the effort.

What is a curry?

The term curry is not really an Indian word, but one used by the British when they were in India. Today the word is understood by everyone and even Indians use the term curry, although it means different things in different regions.

Normally in India the curries are vegetarian rather than having meat in them, but you do find many different regional fish recipes. In and around Goa for instance they like to use freshwater fish that they can catch in abundance in the rivers and drainage ditches. Really tasty and make a fantastic meal.

I think it is best summed up as a spicy gravy.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: enough to feed your hungry family

What fish to use.

I’ve used monk fish because it holds together well during cooking even with the skin removed, it also has lots of flavour which is not completely lost to the spices of the curry.

You can use whatever is your favouite, but treat it carefully or it may just fall apart and be lost in the mix.


  • depends on your Fish, monk fish tails
  • teaspoon Turmeric, powder
  • teaspoon chilli, powder
  • 1 can Coconut milk
  • cup grated or desicated, coconut
  • 2 cloves, dried
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • whole red pepper, fresh
  • six or eight tomatoes, fresh


Monkfish tails
Monkfish tails | Source

Spices and fish

start with spices
start with spices | Source

Prepared Vegetables

chopped red peppers and onions
chopped red peppers and onions | Source
Mushrooms | Source

Instructions-simple easy to follow

Prepare your vegetables, cut and slice onions, red peppers garlic and mushrooms. Wash the fish and set it aside for later.

I like to start cooking the onions first, add ghee to a pan and melt it; add salt and your chopped onions. the salt helps bring some of the water out of the onions and helps them fry. just until they start to go brown, now add the peppers, garlic and stir constantly. Empty them into a dish and put aside. In the same pan add mustard seeds, corriander seeds a bit more ghee. Once the seeds start to pop remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of Turmeric, 1 teaspoon of Cumin, the cloves, and mix to a paste. I also like to add curry leaves.

Now add the onion mix back in and 1 tin of coconutmilk. You can also add desicated or fresh grated coconut.

!/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg [optional] 1/2 a teaspoon of ginger powder.

Cook your mushrooms in a little ghee, with salt and garlic paste or fresh garlic.

when soft add to the mix.

Keep stirring.

cook for ten minutes and then carefully lay the fish into the gravy, sprinkle with corriander and parsley leaves.

Cook for about 5 minutes, Don't over cook the fish.

Cook mushrooms seperately.

I tend to cook mushrooms seperate from the main mix because sometimes they give off a lot of water which can dilute your flavours. mix in the garlic and a couple of teaspoons of flour which will thicken the juice and help thicken the gravy when added.

Rich gravy

Turmeric and coconut milk make a rich gravy
Turmeric and coconut milk make a rich gravy | Source

Eating suggestions.

An ideal accompaniment to this meal is rice, but I always prefer chapattis, which I’m a nab hand at making after 40 years of cooking them. I still can’t get them round though, they usually end up looking as if they been run over rather than rolled out.

What to drink with your fish.

Hot black tea is a good drink to accompany this meal; perhaps with a slice of lemon to make it perfect. Or maybe a nice white wine such as a chardonnay.

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    • tonymead60 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Mead 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire

      Vacation Trip

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment. I hope you try out this deliciouse recipe.



    • Vacation Trip profile image


      5 years ago from India

      Amazing recipe and very well written hub. Thank you for sharing.

    • tonymead60 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Mead 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire


      I can understand that, I have never come across a calorie that I did't fancy.

      good luck with the recipes, and thank you for replying.



    • d.william profile image


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Oh, i saw them and it is only a matter of time before i try them all. You do know that gluttony is a sin and your are causing me to commit it? L.O.L.

      Some people have a weakness for chocolate, but mine is for good food in general.

    • tonymead60 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Mead 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi d.william

      I'm sure you will be able to make this dish with ease.

      I like your comment about not visiting any more recipes, don't say that because I've about a hundred you've not seen yet.



    • tonymead60 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Mead 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire

      HI my friend Kash, Thank you for your comments and vote, to be honest I'd not been a fan of fish curry until I tried this recipe and now it is often on the menu,

      I Hope you have a good week.



    • d.william profile image


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      What a great sounding recipe. I am going to try this one as soon as i can gather all the ingredients. Then i am going to stop visiting hubs with recipes!! I tend to try them all. L.O.L.

      Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, This is such a great recipe and is not only so easy to make, but also sounds so delicious as well . Well done Tony !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

    • tonymead60 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Mead 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire


      thank you for your kind comments.

      I enjoy Indian food above all others, and probably eat them 4 times per week. My favourite breakfast is chicpea curry with puree.

      thank you for calling.



    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and well done hub! The instructions and pictures are clear and easy to follow and of course it will come out delicious.

      I appreciate your interest in Indian recipes.

      Thanks for sharing!


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